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The man who died after being thrown from his bike on Hartnell Avenue Thursday night was a 26-year-old firefighter whose demise has “deeply saddened” the native California Division of Forestry and Fireplace Safety workplace, the company mentioned.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Workplace on Friday morning recognized the sufferer as Brock Jay Whaley, 26, of Redding. His post-mortem hasn’t been scheduled but.
Cheryl Buliavac, a spokeswoman with Cal Fireplace in Redding, mentioned in a press release that Whaley joined the company’s Shasta-Trinity unit in Could 2018. Since then, Whaley labored on the Fawn Lodge Forest fireplace station 61, Buliavac mentioned.
“We’re deeply saddened to announce the passing of Firefighter Brock Whaley,” the assertion reads.
Reached by cellphone, Buliavac mentioned the company did not have extra data to share about Whaley but as a result of “it is all very recent.”
Whaley went to Boulder Creek Elementary Faculty, and ErleeDawn Eoff, a trainer there, remembered him as “an all-around nice child.”
“He was associates with everybody,” Eoff mentioned. “It is simply devastating.”
Eoff, who principally knew Whaley when he was in fourth and fifth grade, mentioned he was at all times team-oriented, so it did not shock her that he went on to change into a firefighter.
“He was out for everyone else; he was only a helper,” she mentioned. “He was at all times desirous to do issues for his associates. … It was by no means himself; it was at all times all people else.”
Eoff mentioned Whaley’s mother labored at Shasta School however died of most cancers in 2018. Simply final week, Brock and his remaining members of the family obtained an award there in her honor, Eoff mentioned.
“I can’t even say how a lot the household was such an ideal asset to Boulder Creek,” Eoff
Sgt. Mark Montgomery mentioned the crash occurred round 7:08 p.m. close to the intersection of Shotwick Path.
Montgomery mentioned witnesses reported the person was driving quick down Hartnell west of Shotwick when he hit a sidewalk whereas attempting to go round a curve.
He was thrown from his bike and hit a metallic pole, whereas his bike slid down the road and hit a tree, Montgomery mentioned. Nobody else was concerned within the crash.
Whaley was taken to Mercy Medical Heart, however he ultimately died, Montgomery mentioned.
Montgomery mentioned medication or alcohol do not look like an element within the crash.
The coroner’s workplace mentioned police proceed to analyze the crash.
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